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International Film Festival Rotterdam

Combining within its organisation the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Hubert Bals Fund and co-production market CineMart, IFFR offers a launching pad and supportive platform for innovative and talented independent filmmakers.


Tiger Pro Panels and Debates


During the first week of IFFR, the Filmmakers Hub organizes and hosts a series of panels and debates. Top industry professionals and experts attending the festival and CineMart will share their experiences with other professionals and dispense important advice to up-and-coming filmmakers. 

The panels are informal, yet highly instructive, and are a great forum for filmmakers to get their questions answered and for Industry pros to meet new talent. The Tiger Pro Panels and Debates are open to IFFR Directors, Industry and CineMart delegates.


Tiger Pro Panel: The Role of Private Collectors in Film and Video Art

  • De Doelen, Filmmakers Hub, 4th Floor, 
  • Saturday 30 January, 11.00 - 12.30 
  • Open for all film professionals

As moving image works continue to dominate contemporary art, the art market has responded by reshaping itself in an attempt to accommodate such practices. Taking into consideration a number of emerging acquisition practices, the panel seeks to open up new insights into the position of film- and video artists in relation to the art market. What are the different ways of collecting film- and video art? How do traditional forms of collecting relate and differ to emerging ones? Who are the potential buyers interested in these emerging forms of collecting?

With artist Rosa Barba, curator and publisher Gerben Willers (BEAM), Fons Hof (ART Rotterdam) and further guests from Young Stedelijk. 
Moderated by Joke Ballintijn (Fonds 21)

Tiger Pro Panel: Make the Most of a Film Festival

  • De Doelen, Filmmakers Hub, 4th Floor 
  • Saturday 30 January, 14:00 – 15.30
  • Open for all film professionals

Key professionals will share their experiences, insights and tips and tricks how to use your time at IFFR in the most effective way. A chance for filmmakers to get their questions answered and for Industry pros to meet new talents. 
With sales agent Hédi Zardi (CEO, Luxbox), producer Benny Drechsel (Rohfilm), programmer Marian Masone (Film Society of Lincoln Center, NYC), consultant Claudia Landsberger (BaseWorx For Film), critic and filmmaker Gabe Klinger, curator and programmer Pamela Pianezza (Midnight Pictures), filmmakers Elisa Miller and Jonathan Perel. Moderated by Hayet Benkara

Tiger Pro Presentation: Meet the Hubert Bals Fund

  • De Doelen, Filmmakers Hub, 4th Floor
  • Sunday 31 January, 11:00 – 12.30
  • Open for all film professionals

An introduction to the Fund and its funding schemes.
With Iwana Chronis and Fay Breeman.

Tiger Pro Panel: The Winning Ticket - The Director/Producer Partnership and Creative Collaboration

  • De Doelen, Filmmakers Hub, 4th Floor
  • Sunday 31 January, 14:00 – 15.30
  • Open for all film professionals

An intimate discussion about process, product and the primacy of partnership with director/producer duos whose films are included in this year's Hivos Tiger Awards competition: Elizabeth Subrin, Scott Macaulay and Shrihari Sathe (A Woman, A Part) and Pablo Lamar and Ilse Hughan (La última tierra). Moderated by Madeleine Molyneaux.

Tiger Pro Debate: Finding a Niche: How Specialized Festivals Spotlight New Trends and Celebrate Cinematic Passions

  • De Doelen, Filmmakers Hub, 4th Floor
  • Sunday 31 January 16:00 – 17.30  
  • Open for all film professionals

The annual festival roundup takes the temperature this year of specialized festivals-- from Italy to Brazil, Portugal to Finland, Germany to Bali, sci-fi, silent cinema, environmental, queer, experimental, first features, surfers and cats. 
With Xavier Puerto (REC Tarragona), Francesco Giai Via (CinemAmbiente), João Ferreira (Queer Lisboa FF), Delphine Jeanneret (Neuchatel Int. Fantastic FF), Gustavo Beck (Olhar de Cinema), Jay Weissberg (Pordenone Silent Film Festival), Milja Mikkola (Midnight Sun FF), Stefanie Goertz (Int. Women's Film Festival Dortmund/Cologne), Alexander Zwart (CineMeow), Jolinde den Haas (Ombak Bali). Moderated by Madeleine Molyneaux. 

Tiger Pro Debate: Microbudget Talent Programmes: A Question of Supporting Culture or an Answer to Changing Markets?

  • De Doelen, Arcadis Zaal, 1st Floor
  • Monday 01 February 10:00 – 11.30
  • Open for all film professionals

Does the emergence of curated talent programs by funds and festivals constitute a welcome and cost-effective addition to the business of film development or does it merely demonstrate the shortcomings of the current system?
Keynote speech given by IFFR director Bero Beyer.
Discussion with filmmaker Babak Jalali , director of Radio Dreams in the Tiger Competition, producer Frans van Gestel (Topkapi Films), Jane Williams (Venice Biennale College Cinema) and Helen Ahlsson (Swedish Film Institute). Moderated by Michael Rosser.

Tiger Pro Debate: Global Spectrum - A Discussion About Current Strategies in Film Finance

  • De Doelen, Arcadis Zaal, 1st Floor
  • Monday 01 February, 11:45 – 13.15 
  • Open for all film professionals 

Topics will include co-producing between European and Non-European states and managing international private equity.
With producers Katharina Suckale (Bombay - Berlin Film Production) and James Stark (Starksales Inc.), private equity consultants Guirec van Slingelandt (Global Film Partners) and Thierry Baujard (Media Deals), financing agent Jean Baptiste Babin (Backup Media) and lawyer Sébastien Lachaussée (L’Avocat). Moderated by David Pope.

Tiger Pro Debate: The Creative Thunder of Cinema

  • De Doelen, Jurriaanse Zaal, 1st Floor
  • Monday 01 February, 15:00 – 17.00
  • Open for all film professionals

Faced with challenges from all sides the creative industry of cinema is at a crossroads… or has perhaps already divided into several paths: Big Budget Tentpole productions versus micro budget indie filmmaking and most notably the on-going rise of episodic filmmaking for High-end TV drama that swallows a huge chunk of the creative thunder of auteur cinema of old. So where is the free space for quality filmmaking? And how can we build a sustainable business model for it?
With IFFR director Bero Beyer, Mike S. Ryan (Greyshack Films), Michael Weber (The Match Factory)

Tiger Pro Debate: Innovative Sustainable Strategies for Distribution and Promotion of Audiovisual Work

  • De Doelen, Arcadis Zaal, first floor
  • Tuesday 2 February, 10:00 – 12:00
  • Open for all film professionals
  • In cooperation with Creative Europe Desk NL and Europa Distribution

Many networks, new business models or tools in order to improve the potential audience of audiovisual works are funded with public money. Within the panel discussion we would like to explore new and courageous ways of distributing films. A constructive discussion on how future business models become more sustainable. What could be cooperative forms of distribution and how to create successful partnerships and networks?
With Hengameh Panahi (Celluloid Dreams), Erwin M. Schmidt (Cinemathon International), Eve Gabereau (Soda Pictures), Jaume Ripoll (Head of Content FILMIN), Kim Foss (Camera Film A/S), Martin Dawson (Deputy head of the Media Unit Creative Europe), Alaa Karkouti (MAD Solutions). Moderated by Michael Rosser.

Tiger Pro Panel: Building and Engaging your Audience from Early on

  • De Doelen, Filmmakers Hub, 4th Floor
  • Tuesday 2 February, 15:00 - 17:00
  • Open for all film professionals

Film marketing and distribution that bypasses traditional methodologies and provides alternatives to content makers and owners. Richard Abramowitz (Abramorama) and Kathleen McInnis (See-Through Films) discuss how the right strategy can maximize opportunities from pre-production right through to festival launch and tap into alternative audiences. Moderated by Alex Trăilă.

Tiger Pro Panel: ID: gender(dot)net - Commodifying the Queer

  • De Doelen, Filmmakers Hub, 4th Floor
  • Wednesday 3 February, 11:00 – 12.30
  • Open for all film professionals 

How films (and television) by, for, featuring and /or about LGBT, gender fluidity, queer Identity, queer activism can infiltrate the marketplace in ways that defy previous limitations and create new ones.
With Pedro Marum (curator, Rabbit Hole), Benjamin Crotty(director of CineMart projectUrsa Major), Stephen Kent Jusick (festival director MIX NYC), distributor Philippe Tasca (Outplay), filmmakers Natasha Mendonca, K8 Hardy, A. Liparoto. Moderated by Madeleine Molyneaux.

The panels are not recorded and general public does not have access. This has helped to create an open atmosphere and allowed honest exchanges about a diverse set of topics.


We welcomed, amongst others, Roberto Olla (Eurimages), producers such as Carlo Cresto Dina (Tempesta Films), Paul Miller (Escape Pictures), Joslyn Barnes (Louverture Films), Simon Field (Illuminations Films), Joost de Vries (Lemming Film), Scott Macaulay (Forensic Film), Benjamin Domenech (Rei Cine), Lorna Tee (Paperheart), Sales Agents such as Pierre Menahem, Nelleke Driessen (Fortissimo), Ryan Kampe (Visit Film), Susan Wendt (Trust Nordisk), Olivier Heitz (MK2), Sandro Fiorin (Figa Films), Gabor Greiner (Films Boutique) and executives from funds and funding platforms like Andrew Goldman (Cinereach), Elizabeth Holm (Kickstarter) and Tamir Muhammad (Tribeca Film Fund).
Further speakers have included festival programmers and directors such as Eva Sangiorgi (Ficunam, Mexico), Paolo Moretti (La Roche sur Yon FF), Cintia Gil (DocLisboa), Thure Munkholm (CPH:Pix), Hans Hurch (Viennale), Marco Müller, Elad Samorzik (Jerusalem IFF), Tine Fischer (CPH: Dox), Nashen Moodley (Sidney FF), Rebecca de Pas (FidMarseille), Gulin Ustun (Meetings on the Bridge), Gustavo Beck (Olhar de Cinema) and Mads Mikkelsen (CPH:DOX).
Filmmakers such as Alice Rohrwacher, Benjamin Crotty, Dominga Sotomayor, Fellipe Barbosa, Nathan Silver, Babak Jalali, Nicolas Pereda, Laura Guzman and Fien Troch have been guest speakers.
B2B and digital distributors and online platforms from Festival Scope, Under the Milky Way, Distrify, Youtube, Kickstarter and other delegates from the UK, USA, Germany, Italy, France, China, Japan, Australia, South Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Denmark.
Moderators have included Louis Tisné, Wendy Mitchell, Kathleen McInnis, Madeleine Molyneaux, Franz Rodenkirchen, Nick Roddick, Hayet Benkara, Marie-Pierre Duhamel, Orly Ravid and others.
Topics at past editions of the IFFR have included amongst others:

  • How To Maximise The International Potential Of Your Film From Development Onwards
  • Production Values: Producing Film Outside The Box
  • Get Your Film Noticed And Reach An Audience: Strategies For Independent Films Working With Media, Publicity And Marketing
  • Artistic Directors In An Age Of Changing Perceptions, Pressures And Pursuits
  • (How I Learned To Stop Worrying) And Love My Lawyer. Navigating rights and clearances
  • Funding the Future: Does innovation thrive in times of crisis?
  • Aggregate Partners and get your Films Seen Online
  • Sales Agents – Estate Agents or Property Developers?
  • Raiders of the Lost Archive: Filmmakers, artists, curators and content producers engaged in the creation of new work from old materials and archives.

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Combining within its organisation the International Film Festival Rotterdam, the Hubert Bals Fund and co-production market CineMart, IFFR offers a launching pad and supportive platform for innovative and talented independent filmmakers.



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